Murph gets creative in return from injury

March, 23, 2014
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Daniel Murphy got fancy in his first Grapefruit League action in a week.

On Bryce Harper’s sixth-inning bunt Sunday, Murphy charged in, then flipped the ball between his legs to Lucas Duda at first base to narrowly record the out.

Murphy said he had never done such a move in-game before, only when “playing around.”

The Mets eventually beat the Nationals, 3-1, at Tradition Field.

“It was a really good bunt by Bryce," Murphy said. "I felt like it was the only way I could get it over to first from the angle I was going to have to take. I’d probably do it another 15 times and I throw 15 of them into the fourth row of the stands. I got him on that one. … I don’t think [Tim] Teufel was too happy until we got him. He probably will prefer that I don’t do that again.”

Murphy said he feels OK. He went 0-for-3 and manned second base for six innings in his first Grapefruit League game since injuring his right calf last Sunday.

“That’s the easiest way to describe it: I feel healthy at the end of the game right now,” Murphy said.

Asked if he would be back in the lineup Monday, Murphy added: “I hope so, but I don’t want to say anything definitive.”
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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